Pandaw will again operate river cruises in Southeast Asia: Travel Weekly

Southeast Asian river cruise operator Pandaw is back after the business closed in October due to difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a Dec. 17 statement, Pandaw said it had secured funding to restart operations on Asian waterways in fall 2022.

The news comes just two months after Pandaw said on Oct. 26 that the company was forced to close because it could not secure the funding needed to service the decommissioned ships. Pandaw had been hurt by the closure of destinations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and India as well as political and humanitarian crises in Myanmar.

Pandaw reopens its 2022-23 season with Thailand, India and Cambodia. Cruises will be accessible to fully vaccinated travellers.

Travelers booking new trips through March 2022 are encouraged to take advantage of the $100 deposit, which mitigates the risk of cancellation due to Covid-19.

A wave of support from Pandaw’s regular rider community helped attract new investors to acquire the brand and keep Pandaw afloat.

Pandaw, founded by Paul Strachan and owned by the Strachan family, said with the help of new investors, the business will be able to remain a family business.

“If it hadn’t been for the incredible support from members of the Pandaw community, with so many kind words evoking memories of amazing experiences with us, I think we would have given up. Many thanks to all of our supporters for raising morale after almost two years of hell,” said Paul Strachan.

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